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Gambler: This Risky Life

In Art & Culture by Zakiya JacksonLeave a Comment

I heard some good preachin’ the other day ya’ll.  I took a whole bunch of notes, on paper, which is a little unusual for me these days.  Lately I’m more inclined to just write down a few thoughts, or live tweet, but on this day I filled up a couple pages in my journal.  I noticed a theme in my …

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Tree 2015

In Art & Culture by Zakiya Jackson2 Comments

I was recently sitting on park bench take in my surroundings as the sun was setting.  Across from me was a dope sight.  See look: If you don’t immediately recognize the dopeness, it’s okay.  For me – that scene was so hopeful.  I lacked the words in the moment, but it was like looking at what has been and what …

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CONTRIBUTION: Passion, Purpose, and Pass Me Over

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By Daris McInnis Have you ever stared at a blank screen for a long moment, and thought, “I’m supposed to write something. But where do I begin?” I ask this: Not referring to your (my) frequent procrastination in undergrad to produce a research paper on whether or not states should localize and authorize drug urinalyses for public assistance recipients (don’t …

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Your Silence is Choking Me and #ICantBreathe

In Causes by N. Young1 Comment

I see you almost every day. We grab lunch together at work or half priced drinks at happy hour. You’ve come over to my house for dinner. We laugh over the latest viral videos, chop it up about movies, and go over to each other’s houses for holiday parties. You like my Facebook and Instagram posts and we talk liberal …

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5 Crazy Side Effects of Oppression

In Causes by N. Young5 Comments

Saturday, I took my bougie Black self to Trader Joe’s. I walked in behind a man of color who was wearing a hoodie and had the hood up. My initial thought was, “he should probably take that down so as not to scare the people in the store,” but then I thought, “what the hell are you thinking?!” This man …

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Collected Young Minds Spotlight: Aaron Jenkins, Executive Director, OUDC (Part 2 of 2)

In Art & Culture, Causes by Corey1 Comment

Aaron Jenkins is the Executive Director of Operation Understanding DC, a nonprofit whose mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.  Collected Young Minds sat down with Aaron to discuss what inspires and drives him, as well as …

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Ryan Herring: The Ghetto Monk Activating Justice – Part 2

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This is part 2 of Collected Young Mind’s interview with Ryan Herring for our #BlackMenRock series.  Please enjoy Part 1 here, where Ryan talks about The Ghetto Monk, his travels, finding your place in movements and how Millennials and older generations can work together.  Throughout this interview, you will see my thoughts interspersed in blue. ZJ: When was your faith born? …

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CONTRIBUTION: Unapologetically Liberated

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by D. McInnis, Early Childhood Educator, Washington, D.C. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker In keeping with my CYM tradition, I must begin with a question: Do people assume you’re a raging lunatic if you happen to be Black and choose not to conceal your stance on eradicating racial …

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In Art & Culture by Nilo ThomasLeave a Comment

Since I was in elementary school, community service has been a major part of my life. Whether it was feeding the homeless at church or raising backpacks and toiletries for homeless youth in high school and college, I have always had a passion for helping others. In high school, I started out as an advocate for the DREAM Act (for …

[Insert Slow Twerk] Celebrating my 28th cycle around the sun

In Art & Culture by Enchanta1 Comment

It’s been a beautiful bizarre masked with a bashful smirk a loving rejection with a slow groove a morning wake up call from life. Channeling the spirit of my born day sistas Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison this cycle will be dedicated to learning listening and healing. I am accepting my Goddess’ call so that I can continue so that I can discover …

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In Art & Culture by Corey1 Comment

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott As 2015 continues on its merry little way, I have found myself rejoicing in every possible thing.  When I found myself rejoicing because I grabbed the last bag of cheddar and onion flavored chips one day at lunch, I had to take a …

Not In My Name: It’s Okay to Talk About It

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As an advocate for justice, I have been asked many, many times the same question; “What is talking about racism or sexism or classism (insert form of oppression) going to do to solve the issue.” This idea, that the problem with oppression is that people “focus on it too much” or that we talk about it too much, has been …

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Where we are: An indictment

In Causes by Kandin Unger1 Comment

I spent a long time attempting to write an introduction that gradually and gently settles the reader onto the point. But I decided that there’s no point to that. We’ve already been lulled and gently settled onto this reality. I’m going to just say it. Because America keeps trying to forget. Whiteness governs the narrative of what it means to …

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CONTRIBUTION: A Substitute for Roses

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by Daris McInnis, Early Childhood Educator, Washington, D.C. May I ask you to take a moment…….think about the person you love the most? If you were to write a letter about why you love this person so dearly, what would you say? Would you draw a picture? Would you paint a canvas? Would your inner artist come busting out with …

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Valentine’s Love for the Baeless

In Art & Culture by Zakiya JacksonLeave a Comment

Now let me be clear. I’m talmbout Valentine’s Day Love when you baeless or you FEEL baeless even though you wit somebody. I have listened to married or coupled folk talk about that special form of isolation that happens when you married but you still lonely.  Like deep, piercing, wake you up in the night loneliness. Ohhhhhhh.  That is gut …